Review: Maladapted by Richard Kurti

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From BAFTA-nominated screenwriter Richard Kurti comes an exciting, fast-paced thriller that shows the power science has to change not just our lives, but our very selves. Cillian is the sole survivor of a devastating terrorist attack on a packed Metro train. How did he survive when everyone else was killed? Searching for answers with the mysterious Tess, Cillian discovers that his father has links to P8, a group of genetic scientists operating outside the laws of Foundation City. The shocking discoveries he and Tess make at P8’s secret hospital start to make Cillian ask not who he is, but what he is.

Review

I won a copy of this on a Facebook group and was really thrilled because i was so impressed with Richard’s debut, Monkey Wars, that I was curious to see how his next book would turn out. ¬†They’re both dystopia-based genre books but the stories are both so different that I wondered what this new book would be like.¬† Would it have the same level of action and darkness as Monkey Wars or would the writing style go down a different path with these new characters at the helm?

Set in a future-like landscape, we meet Cillian and Tess in the aftermath of a terrorist attack on the main tramline in their city. Cillian has walked away from the tragic incident with barely a mark on him but his dead father in his arms and Tess, on the other side of town, is panicking because this wasn’t meant to happen. When the two meet at a memorial service, they unite to try and uncover the strange past and lack of information about Cillian’s Dad’s work and Cillian’s younger years. Pursued by both sides of the political lines, the two have to fight for their lives to stay alive but can they even trust one and other when their loyalties are tested?

Maladapted was a great adventure-thriller that leads us down all sorts of twists and turns in the plot, whilst asking us lots of moral questions along the way. It’s the kind of book that you enjoy reading because you feel like you’re learning a bit as you have fun following all the characters. It’s perfect for fans of the dystopian genre without it hitting too many cliches that could make it boring or over-done. Richard Kurti is really skilled at balancing out those fast-paced action scenes with character-driven moments that gives us time to slow down our heart rate.

A great choice to pick up for a summer holiday treat. Fun, action-fuelled and a fab start to a possible new series.

Published by Walker Books UK and is available online and bookshops now

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